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I happened upon a tip for making custom windshields that may help some modelers. It involves using home window insulation kits available at home centers such as Lowe's or Home Depot.

The tape in these kits is self-adhesive, and is intended to be shrunk with a heat gun after it is applied. For our purposes, cut a small piece of this tape, peel off the backing, and stick it around the inside of your curved windshield opening.

Burnish it tightly with your finger, a small dowel, or a cotton swab. Carefully trim the excess; then, even more carefully, shrink the plastic with a hair drier until it's wrinkle-free and tight in the opening.

It took me a few tries to get it right, but I still had plenty of material left over from the window kit.

- Craig Struthers

Ken: This tip is actually from a past issue, but it's so clever, we feel it deserves a second look. The boys in the Workshop tried it, and it works like a charm. Thanks again, Craig!

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